What Kids Learn:
- Appropriate vs. inappropriate classroom behavior
- Good vs. poor sportsmanship
- It’s sometimes wise to keep some thoughts private
You know why Goofus and Gallant is one of our most popular magazine features? Because kids just “get” it. They love seeing the legendary pair in nearly identical situations (at school, in sports, and so forth), and know that Gallant always exemplifies good behavior and Goofus, well, let your kid finish the sentence. (FYI: Goofus always does or says something less than ideal—a great way for kids to see how they look when having their own “on” and “off” moments.) For fun, check out the pair’s latest adventures on page 12 of the June 2017 issue of Highlights, or read the recaps below. Then, use the conversation starters that follow to explore these issues. It’s a great way to help your kids understand (and master) kind, courteous, and thoughtful behavior.
Goofus disrupts the class when he has a substitute teacher. Gallant shows respect by listening attentively.
1.What word would you use to describe Goofus’ behavior?
2. Is he bored? Disrespectful? Trying to be funny?
3. Do the kids near him look amused? Uncomfortable?
4. What do you think the substitute teacher is thinking?
5. Why do schools need substitute teachers? Who is your favorite substitute? Why do you like him?
Goofus is rude to another child when his team loses. Gallant is a gracious opponent.
1. What does it mean to be a poor sport or a sore loser?
2. Why did his team lose the game, according to Goofus?
3. Do you think the other team won because the ump liked those kids better?
4. Was Goofus just making excuses? Being hurtful? Complaining?
5. Is the ump always right? What should you do if you disagree?
6. Would you prefer Goofus or Gallant as a teammate? As an opponent?